Natan Sharansky is using his ‘Jewish Nobel’ winnings to help vulnerable people affected by COVID-19


JERUSALEM (JTA) — When Natan Sharansky learned in December that he would become the eighth Genesis Prize honoree, he decided he would use his $1 million prize money to promote issues to which he has devoted his life: human rights and Zionism.

That was before the coronavirus...
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US official says West Bank annexation part of plan for Palestinian statehood, Israeli TV reports

(JTA) — An American official said that Israeli annexations of parts of the West Bank can occur as part of a plan that includes establishing a Palestinian state, an Israeli news channel reported. The official, who was not named, said the United States “will be prepared to recognize an Israeli...
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Biden would keep US Embassy in Jerusalem, his foreign policy adviser says

(JTA) — An adviser to Joe Biden said the former vice president would keep the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem if elected president.

Tony Blinken, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s senior foreign policy adviser, said that reversing President Donald Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv “would...
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Dramatic, socially distanced protests against Israel’s government deal continue in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least 2,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv for a socially distanced demonstration Saturday night to protest last week’s coalition deal to form an emergency unity government.

The so-called “black flag” demonstration on Saturday night in Rabin Square adhered to social distancing regulations, with the demonstrators standing...
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Netanyahu and Gantz sign agreement for ‘national emergency government’ that keeps Netanyahu as prime minister for now

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz signed a deal Monday to form a “national emergency government’ that keeps Netanyahu as the prime minister for now.

Israel has spent more than a year under a caretaker government as neither Netanyahu nor Gantz could...
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Israel takes another step toward 4th election as Gantz loses coalition mandate

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin transferred the task of forming a government to parliament on Thursday, ending Benny Gantz’s attempt to form a unity coalition with his rival, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli lawmakers now have three more weeks to find a solution to the country’s yearlong political...
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Netanyahu issues statement on passing of Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron

(JERUSALEM) – Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed deep grief at the passing of former Chief Sephardi Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, due to complications from COVID-19.

“My deepest and sincerest condolences go to his honored family and to his many students,” Netanyahu announced on Monday, April 13. “Rabbi Bakshi-Doron was an...
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Israel’s pre-Passover egg shortage is no yolk. But millions of imported eggs are on the way.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A ship carrying millions of eggs arrived in Israel’s Ashdod port on Sunday in an effort to alleviate the country’s coronavirus-induced egg shortage just days before the Passover holiday. The country’s estimated shortage of about 30 million eggs means that Israelis’ typical Passover diets could be hard...
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Israel cordons off heavily infected Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak

(JTA) — Israeli security forces cordoned off the city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, and are enforcing a total lockdown there.

At least a third of the city’s heavily haredi Orthodox population has the coronavirus, according to government estimates. On Thursday, the Israeli government decided for the first time...
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Western Wall sanitized; notes removed and buried

Workers under the direction of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, removed notes Tuesday morning, March 31, from between stones in the Western Wall. Oftentimes thousands of people from Israel and around the world will place notes of personal requests or prayers in a practice...
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